Why we're here:
This blog is to highlight the unjust persecution of legitimate non-TV users at the hands of TV Licensing. These people do not require a licence and are entitled to live without the unnecessary stress and inconvenience caused by TV Licensing's correspondence and employees.

If you use equipment to receive live broadcast TV programmes, or to watch or download on-demand programmes via the BBC iPlayer, then the law requires you to have a licence and we encourage you to buy one.

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Monday, 21 August 2017

TV Licensing Target Students Using Orwellian Propaganda

TV Licensing is currently circulating these leaflets to student households.

In a throwback to George Orwell's classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the message seems to be that Big Brother is always watching.

If you receive one of these, just remember that most of TV Licensing's claims are complete and utter bullshit. The reason TV Licensing churns out its noxious correspondence, is because it is far easier to scare people into compliance - irrespective of their legal need for a TV licence - than it is to catch evaders.

TV Licensing has no business with anyone that doesn't legally require a TV licence. Anyone in that situation should immediately put TV Licensing's letters in the bin and close the door on any TV Licensing goon that calls.

Nobody should make the mistake of engaging with TV Licensing. It is a thoroughly dishonest and unscrupulous organisation. TV Licensing employees should not be trusted.

We would encourage students to read our "Student Guide to TV Licence Rules" article for the complete picture that TV Licensing would never paint.

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Sunday, 20 August 2017

TV Licensing Origami

In 2014 TV Licensing took the radical step of ditching paper TV licences for customers renewing automatically via Direct Debit.

The move, we were told at the time, would save about £5m in costs until the end of 2016. At the time it cost the BBC almost £100m a year to administer and enforce the TV licence fee (as an aside, it cost only £82m last year so savings have clearly been made).

TV Licensing PR harlot Stephen Farmer said: "We're always looking to find savings in order to deliver better value for the licence-fee payer.

"By not issuing the annual paper licence to Direct Debit customers TV Licensing will have saved around £5m from the start of the initiative to Charter Renewal in 2016. Those customers won't require a paper licence until 2016 as we know their property is correctly licensed and their payment plans won't change until then."

Over the last few months TV Licensing has been having another big push towards paperless TV licences. In an ironic twist the BBC's revenue generation bullies have sent out millions of extra pieces of paper, most of it in expensive glossy leaflet format, promoting the virtues of going paperless.

One of the advantages of going paperless, according to TV Licensing, is that you'd be able to turn your paper TV licence into a swan. Of course you'd still need a paper TV licence to fold into the swan, so quite how it saves paper is a bit of a mystery.

It's been a slow month for TV Licensing news, as you might have noticed from the recent frequency of our articles!

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

BBC iPlayer Legislation Flaws

Over the last couple of days we have been heartened to see that the national media has finally cottoned on to a fact we have stated since day zero - new legislation intended to prevent unlicensed use of the BBC iPlayer is totally unenforceable.

A copy of an article from yesterday's Metro is posted above.

As of yesterday iPlayer users need a BBC account to access the service. In order to get a BBC account the user needs to input their date of birth, email address and post code - or rather they need to input a date of birth, email address and post code. Apart from a verification email sent to the email address provided, the BBC has no way whatsoever of verifying any of the other details provided. 

Contrary to a report in yesterday's The Sun, users are not required to input their TV licence details to access the BBC iPlayer. As TV licences are attached to properties rather than individuals, making a user input their licence details would serve no useful purpose at all.

Suppose, just for one fleeting moment, that a user signed into the BBC iPlayer and the BBC somehow, magically, knew that they didn't have a valid TV licence for their home address. What would that prove? Absolutely nothing is the answer.

Of course the BBC wants people to be under the illusion that its all seeing TV licence enforcement regime can spot an unlicensed iPlayer user at a hundred paces. Total bull.

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